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Safe Home Care & Hospitals

Promoting the Health, Safety and Well-being of Home Care and Health Care Workforce

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Our research promotes practices, products, and policies that address occupational safety, environmental safety, and patient safety in both home care and hospitals.


  • Recent Safe Home Care research findings on home care aides' experiences of verbal abuse was covered in the press following its publication during July 2019 - "Home health care aides often experience verbal abuse from clients."
  • On April 12, 2019 the Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships (CGRP)  hosted the 5th Annual Healthy Aging, Living Well Forum at UMass Lowell. Pia Markkanen, Sc.D. and other Safe Home Care Project researchers  collaborated in the Forum's organization as part of CGRP. To view the CGRP event summary, click here.
  • On June 10, 2019 Pia Markkanen, Sc.D., presented Safe Home Care work at the 2nd Global Carework Summit in Toronto, Canada. Her presentation focused on findings of the Project's qualitative phase on cleaning and disinfection in home care. The Summit program and abstracts are available at the Global Carework Summit website.

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  • On May 23, 2018 Safe Home Care Project Principal Investigator Margaret Quinn, Sc.D. CIH, received the Alice Hamilton Award at the annual meeting of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. The award recognizes a woman who has made outstanding contributions to the field of occupational and environmental hygiene. Alice Hamilton Award (pdf)
  • During the week of April 29 - May 6, 2018 Margaret Quinn, Sc.D., CIH and Pia Markkanen attended the Congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) in Dublin, Ireland. They shared current research of the Safe Home Care Project. Quinn presented a keynote address and Markkanen presented a poster on Cleaning and Disinfection in Home Healthcare (pdf).
  • On April 6, 2018 the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, Center for Gerontology Research and Partnerships (CGRP) hosted the 4th Annual Healthy Aging, Living Well Forum. Safe Home Care Project researchers Margaret Quinn, Sc.D., CIH and Dr. Pia Markkanen, Sc.D. were featured presenters. The event archive including individual presentations is available at the CGRP website.
  • On March 5, 2018 several major news sites ran a story on emerging research that points to long-term lung health effects from occupational exposure to cleaning products among women. An interview with Safe Home Care Principal Investigator Margaret Quinn, Sc.D., CIH was featured in the article."Cleaning products tied to faster lung function decline in women"
  • On February 5, 2018 Safe Home Care Project Principal Investigator Margaret Quinn, Sc.D., CIH, presented a webinar about the project’s work as part of the NORA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series for the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center. View a recording of the webinar: “Safe Home Care Project: Improving the Health and Safety of Home Care Aides Through Mixed-Methods Research”


Read our Summer 2018 newsletter (pdf) to find out what's new in the project.

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Publicly Available Research

Many of the Safe Home Care Project's peer-reviewed articles are available to the public via open access (can be read, downloaded, and shared at no cost). Here are some of the most recent open access publications: